Exploring the V&A Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront is one of Cape Town’s foremost attractions – the bustling harbour and exclusive shopping centre is consistently a hive of activity, attracting tourists from all over the world. Stroll along the gorgeous harbour, admiring the incandescent light on the sparkling sea, while watching opportunistic seagulls dive bomb unfortunate fisherman, in search of unguarded fish.
Staying in Green Point accommodation is a wonderful choice, as you have easy access to Cape Town’s scintillating CBD, including the expansive V&A. Luxurious yachts and catamarans bob gently in the harbor, hinting at an affluent, elevated lifestyle that most of us dream of. If you fancy a day of fun in the sun, then opt for one of the boat tours regularly leaving the docks and enjoy a wonderful cruise around the bay, admiring some of Cape Town’s highlights from the sea. Look out for the iconic Table Mountain towering in the distance, along with the unmistakably shaped and aptly named, Lion’s Head.
One of the most popular activities is to take a boat trip to the famous Robben Island, where South Africa’s much-loved former president, Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned for 27 years. The cells are a somber place and when you walk through them, you can’t help but reflect on the history of South Africa and be proud of the way that the country has progressed, under Mandela and other inspiring leaders’ governance.
Visit the Red Shed to find all sorts of arts, crafts and curios – from Ethiopian jewellery to rich, patterned textiles, sculpted glass and attractive wooden collectibles. The Waterfront is renowned for its world-class shopping and once you’ve exhausted the market, head to the main building to browse an enticing array of exclusive designer labels. Marion and Lindie, Levi’s, Apple, YDE, Accessorize, Mango and Forever New are just some of the acclaimed stores waiting to welcome you into their hallowed interiors. Zara is the Waterfront’s latest offering – the international brand is certainly causing quite a stir, offering a selection of the latest runway trends, with delicate, intricate designs and sumptuous fabrics.
While adults shop until they drop, children can delight in a vast array of activities, including visiting the prestigious Two Oceans Aquarium, which is as educational as it is fun. Admire tanks of exquisite marine life, submersing yourself in the underwater world – get lost in the rhythmic sway of the kelp forest and come face to face with a Great White in the shark tank.
Head to the scratch patch and surround yourself with glittering stones of all shapes and colours – rumour has it that there may even be a diamond lurking somewhere in the pile. Cave Golf is both fun and frustrating, with some challenging holes to keep you on your toes, while one of the best ways to view the cityscape is to hop on board the Wheel of Excellence – a 50 metre Ferris wheel that rivals the London eye. See if you can spot your Green Point accommodation while you enjoy a slow ascent into the sky.